Black History Recognition

Black History Recognition

Recognizes Black History

Great Lakes Women’s Business Council recognizes the fantastic accomplishments of our staff, members and clients. We are so fortunate to have such passionate and inspiring leaders who work each day to build and promote the community around us. Follow along to see what they are doing for the community, hear thought-provoking stories and thoughts on racial inequalities.

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2022 Black History

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The Black History Month 2022 theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” explores “the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.”

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Natalie Madeira Cofield

I want to share a historic first in U.S. Small Business Administration history. First-time the Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO), the division that oversees Women’s Business Centers, is headed by an African American woman, Natalie Madeira Cofield.

Ms. Cofield has been selected to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this role, Ms. Cofield serves as a senior executive providing executive oversight, management, leadership, and championship of female entrepreneurship. As an assistant administrator, Ms. Cofield will oversee the largest expansion of the Women’s Business Center (WBC) network in the history of the Small Business Administration across its nearly 140 center footprint and more than $70 million in federal grant-making to support the growth of women-led firms.

Women Leaders in History

Barbara Jordan

Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) rose to the national stage from Houston’s largely African American Fifth Ward, becoming a public defender of the U.S. Constitution and a leading presence in Democratic Party politics for two decades. She was the first Black woman elected to the Texas state senate and the first Black Texan in Congress.

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks (1913-2005) helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States and later became one of its primary organizers when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955. Rosa Parks was a sexual Assault Investigator

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris (1964-), California’s former attorney general and later senator, is the 49th vice president of the United States. She is the first female vice president, and the first African American and first Asian American vice president. 

Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Hamer was the vice-chairperson of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, as well as a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which organized the Freedom Summer voter registration drives. 

Angela Davis

Angela Davis (1944-) is a Black feminist activist and academic, known for her affiliation with the Communist Party and connection to a politically charged murder and kidnapping case in 1970. After her acquittal, she became an educator and author. 

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, representing New York’s 12th congressional district. In 1972, she made history again by becoming the first Black woman of a major party to run for a presidential nomination.

Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun (1947-) was elected in 1992 to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate, a seat she held until 1998. She was the first African American woman elected to the Senate.

Sheila Jackson Lee

Sheila Jackson Lee (1950-), one of the longest-serving African American women in Congress, has represented the 18th Congressional District of Texas since 1995.

Susan Rice

Susan Rice (1964-), appointed by Barack Obama in 2009, was the first African American woman to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Later she became U.S. national security advisor. In 2021, Joe Biden tapped her to run the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Access Date | February 1, 2022
Publisher | A&E Television Networks
Last Updated | February 22, 2021
Original Published Date | November 9, 2009